LSU received good news on Wednesday morning when Winnfield defensive end Michael Patterson committed to the Tigers. LSU offered Patterson a couple of weeks back and after mulling it over, Patterson decided to end his recruiting process. It should be noted that Patterson has not yet gone public with his commitment; however, several of the recruiting sites have verified that he did indeed commit. Patterson will be on campus this weekend for the spring game, and he wants to meet with the coaching staff in person prior to speaking publicly.
As a player, Patterson looks like a good one. Is he a super elite blue-chip prospect with offers from everywhere? No. He's not. But he's got a lot of talent, and there is no reason to believe he can't develop into a very nice player for LSU. He fits the mold of what LSU looks for in their defensive ends, which is guys on the smaller side that can get to the quarterback. Patterson is 6'4" 230 pounds and shows a ton of speed and agility, as you'll see on his video below. Winnfield even lines him up as a wide receiver sometimes, and he looks pretty good out there.
Patterson can definitely rush the passer, but he does not display that burst off the line that you see from some of the elite prospects that LSU is chasing like Torrodney Prevot or Tim Williams. But Patterson plays with much better technique and seems to do all of the little things right. He finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks.
At the State Championships in the Superdome, Patterson impressed everyone who saw him. All of the scouts in attendance listed him near the top of the most impressive prospects there, and his name was mentioned alongside players such as John Diarse, Laurence Jones (Class of 2014), James McFarland (TCU signee), and Derek Edinburgh (LSU signee).
Patterson makes LSU's seventh commitment for the Class of 2013, and all seven guys are from Louisiana. He also held offers from Mississippi State and Nebraska along with some smaller schools.
What does this mean for LSU at the defensive end position in this recruiting class? With only one signee last year, I expect LSU to take three in this class. The obvious name is Louisiana prospect Tim Williams. LSU is also chasing several big out of state prospects such as Torrodney Prevot (TX), Robert Nkemdiche (GA), and Frank Herron (TN). Then you have some other guys who are being recruited as linebackers but could end up on the defensive line in college such as Kendell Beckwith and Melvin Jones. So LSU looks to be in great shape to land an amazing crop of players at defensive end for this class.
Here are some highlights of Patterson: